Belamy Electronic - vintage bass with built in FX..

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bluesyswede, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. bluesyswede


    Jul 21, 2009
    Hey guys!!

    New member from Sweden here! :bassist:

    Johan is my name and I'm looking to find info on this weird bass I've got, it's an old electric bass called Belamy Electronic..
    Anyone seen this model before??

    Lots of stuff in this one..
    All these FX built in!!



    I've looked for info on the internet but I've found nothing so far, hoping you guys can help me out here!!!!

    Here's a videoclip:




    Flame maple neck, kinda cool!!

    Japanese made, guessing 1970/80's..
    It sounds GREAT and I want to find out more about it...
  2. Belamy? as in Matt Belamy, of Muse... who also has built-in effects in his guitars?
  3. bluesyswede


    Jul 21, 2009
    I have no idea what this is, it's really cool though and the sounds you can get from this bass is kinda fun, with a flick of a switch you're "Geezer Butler playin' Iron man"... LoL!
  4. Hi.

    Welcome to TalkBass. Good to see more and more Scandinavians joining up.

    I have a vague memory from the 80's about a guitar with such features. Can't remember the brand though.

    Edit: You must've found (if those aren't Your pics ;)) this: , but I post it here anyway for the benefit of others.

    Edit II: Try Googling for Fresher , like suggested on that AUS thread. Strikingly similar concept, if not the same.

  5. Green Mind

    Green Mind

    Aug 28, 2007
    BC/AB, Canada
    I've seen a Les Paul guitar copy similar to this. I think it had reverb and tremolo and some other features. My guitar shop in town is lame and doesn't sell the cool/vintage things though.
  6. bluesyswede


    Jul 21, 2009
    Hey T-bird!
    Thanks for the welcome, and nope, I hadn't seen that on ebassist, but it's a similar bass there!!

    Seems like a rare thing I've found..? :eyebrow:
  7. peterkidd


    Oct 20, 2008
    Shirley, MA

    I feel your pain, yet this road can lead to madness.

    I had a Chinese-made French designed bass that looked like something Worf would swing that had a magnificent set of non-working proprietary electronics that looked much like a 50's era nuclear failsafe mechanism. After confounding (and paying) every tech around, ended up wiring it straight. And don't get me started on my Oncor Touch Bass, it has been Almost completed in Florida for the last 8 years.

    But best of luck, bet Someone here can help you.
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  8. bluesyswede


    Jul 21, 2009
    Got a video clip coming up soon showing this bass, just to give an idea of how it sounds!
  9. bluesyswede


    Jul 21, 2009
    Here's a video clip, ever seen and heard such a bass before??

  10. D.A.R.K.

    D.A.R.K. Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2003
    the electra guitar from the 70's had fx modules:
    not sure about basses, though.
    those effects you have look quite different, maybe even available aftermarket? (i guess the pg cut looks quite factory though)
    sounds awesome!
    there were a couple early ken smiths i've seen here that had built in fx, i think it was a direction builders flirted with for a bit in the 70's mostly.
  11. serein2j


    May 25, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Wow. it's pretty cool!
  12. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    Yeah, it was him. He totally put out a line of basses and guitars when he was 2. He also dropped one of the two Ls in his name....just 'cuz :D
  13. bluesyswede


    Jul 21, 2009

    I think so too!! :D
  14. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    It sounds GOOD too!!
  15. Hi.

    Thanks for posting the Youtube clip, sounds really good. Even without the FX ;).

    There's several native TB'ers from Japan, a few who usually chime in with answers for questions like Yours.

    Threre's a few stationed in Japan too, I'm sure that they'll try to help as well.

    I'm pretty sure I remember what music shop I saw the guitar that I mentioned earlier, I'll ask about it when I visit there the next time.

  16. bluesyswede


    Jul 21, 2009
    Yeah, it sounds mighty fine without the FX, they're just there to spice things up when needed..

    I think it's cool but I'm gonna sell it now!! :bassist:
  17. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    That's the TB way!
  18. Muppe


    Feb 18, 2012
    Also new member from Sweden. Got one of those Belamy basses too. The electronics have given up on mine and I'm in need of the schematics for this one. Any ideas much appreciated. Thanks!
  19. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
  20. bstouffs


    Feb 23, 2004
    Hi !.. Don't know if OP is still around. Here is my Westwood bass. It seems identical to yours, made in Japan late 70's or early 80's. I really like it. Saw another identical bass on a UK forum branded Asama.